This past week has seen an amazing array of waterfowl move through eastern North Dakota. Brought on my warming temperatures and colossal amounts of melt water in the fields, flocks of virtually every species has been recorded in the state already. Included were reports of snow geese in the hundreds of thousands, Canada geese in the tens of thousands, greater white-fronted geese in the hundreds, plus cackling and Ross’s geese. In addition, tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) have invaded as is their usual routine.
Patrick G. was kind enough to share a great photo he took this weekend of some tundra swans in the area around Mapleton, No. Dak. Enjoy.